Fall in the Fairy Garden

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Alright.  These are not fairies.

But they are delightful.  And they are some of my favorite people.

And looking oh so adorably Fall-ish.

 

Anyway… 

I have a good reason for talking about Fall, even though it is hardly Fall in the Smokies.  It still feels like Summer.  I found this great DIY from Espoma for a Fall Fairy Garden and it talks about a product I’ve never heard of, but I am definitely going to be using.  ShapeCrete – “Plays like clay, works like concrete..”  Intrigued?  Read on!

“Fairy gardens do better when in an area protected from the elements. When thinking about where to create or place your fairy garden, think about the environmental factors like wind and rain that can ruin the garden. When Laura is done creating her fairy garden, she will place it on her covered porch where it will be protected!

Before we begin, there are a few things to note:

  • There is no drainage in this miniature garden, so water lightly and only when the plants need it. Laura suggests using a syringe to get the right amount of water exactly where it’s needed.
  • If using shapecrete, it may still be soft after 30 minutes of curing, so don’t put too much weight on it. It will continue to cure for 24 hours.
  • This is a seasonal project, so before winter comes find a new home for the plants, either in a greenhouse or indoors, in order to preserve them.

Watch Laura dive into this fun autumn fairy garden! Here is a list of supplies she uses.

Materials Used:
Old Suitcase
Heavy Black Plastic
Espoma’s Organic Potting Mix
Small Plants
Tree Figurines with LED lights
Shapecrete
Native soil
Putka Pods (Look like Miniature Pumpkins)
Autumn Themed Fairy Figurines and Décor
Mulch
Embellishments

Plants Laura Used:
Tiny Tim Euphorbia
Irish Moss
Straw Flower
Creeping Jenny
Sempervivums

How to Create an Autumn Fairy Garden:

  1. Line an old suitcase with heavy plastic in order to preserve it and keep the soil in one place.
  2. Fill with Espoma’s Organic Potting Mix and trim the excess plastic from the container to make it look clean and precise.
  3. Add plants. Remember to work from back to front adding height and texture to the miniature landscape. Use plants that will stay small, so they don’t outgrow your garden.
  4. Add tree figurines. If they light up, keep them near the sides so the cords don’t get wet.
  5. Create a road or pathway for your fairies. Cut photo paper to make a guide where you want the road to go. Mix water with shapecrete and pour between the photo paper. Let dry 30 minutes before removing the paper. It’ll continue to cure for 24 hours.
  6. Now is the time to set the autumn scene and add in your fairy garden figurines. Laura used putka pods, miniature straw bales, apples in a barrel, a Farmer’s Market stand, a worker and a truck full of pumpkins! Feel free to add some mulch and native soil to give it an authentic field feel.
  7. Decorate the lid of your suitcase with fall themed embellishments. Laura added a bunting banner in fall colors.

Enjoy your new fairy garden!

Use Espoma’s organic potting mix in your fairy garden.”

The Making of a Mushroom

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We’ve been spending a lot of time in the evening and on weekends creating mini garden accessories for our shoppe.  This is fun and relaxing for us, and we would much rather be crafting than all the other things we should be doing.

My mini mushrooms are made of clay, and they start out looking like this.  They have to dry for 24 hours.

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The next evening, we paint.  Red is the most popular, but I love turquoise and I feature turquoise in many of my fairy gardens.

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They aren’t spotted… that’s just my kitchen lights 🙂  This coat of paint dries for 24 hours and then comes the next step.

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Polka-dots!  These little guys are so much fun to make.  We sell them in packages of three.  Super cute!

I keep saying “we” and I should give some credit to my trusty assistant, who thinks I keep some strange hours.

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Feeling Special

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This is the brand new 2018 Sevierville Visitors Guide.  Some time ago, area businesses were asked to submit photos of handmade items for consideration for a page about locally crafted wares.  Our shoppe does have quite a few handmade mini garden accessories.  There’s even a special little tag and stamp for them!

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Anyway, our photo was turned in and we sort of forgot about it.

Well, guess what!?!?

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We were chosen!  I don’t know about you, but this is totally an honor to me.  I feel so pleased and lucky!

Well, you better believe that very night I went into production!

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And they are just as cute as can be, if I do say so myself.

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I’m happy to say, the most adorable little brown-eyed girl came in with her Mommy yesterday to get fairy garden supplies for a Spring Break project and took one of these home.  I hope they have fun together and their mini garden turns out beautifully!

You’ve Been Waiting For This!

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The Sevier County Master Gardener Flower and Garden Show

Stop by and see us there!

Check out lots of new mini garden goodies for your fairy garden, and plenty for your full size gardens too!  We hope to see you!

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Always Leave Room for Fairies

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Those in the know (i.e. Len) would tell you this is a weed.  Not exactly a garden.  But my fairies are friendly and adaptable, and with the soil in East Tennessee they take what they can get.

Besides.  I like them.  Daisies are the friendliest flowers.  That’s a movie quote friends.  There’s a free bottle of Fairy Dust for a lucky winner if you get it right in the comments and follow us!*

Happy Friday everyone!

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